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Your Digital Afterlife – Do You Have A Plan?

Your Digital Afterlife – Do You Have A Plan?

Your digital afterlife or your online presence after death is something people don’t think much about, even less have a plan for it. The concept of digital presence after death has been a discussion popping up more and more with Professional Organizers over the past several years. If someone passes or is incapacitated, life around them still goes on, and things need to happen -whether paying the mortgage and cell phone bill or contacting the insurance company.

Every day, our online presence becomes more a part of how we do business and interact with others. When the person-in-the-know is no longer in control of those accounts, it is not as simple as opening up a drawer in a desk and knowing what comes next.

It’s Not Always That Obvious

Some things are not necessarily obvious when someone passes away:

  • What should happen to the various social media accounts? Google has an “inactive account manager,” Facebook has “Legacy Contact,” and Twitter has a policy that family members can utilize. But it would be best if you planned for these. And what about the sites that do not have policies at all?
  • Are all their digital photos in a cloud account? Who owns what in terms of those pictures? How can a family member access these after the death of a loved one?
  • How about the iTunes library? Amazon Kindle Library? (Did you know you do not own these and cannot transfer them?)
  • What happens with email accounts? What should happen to old emails? Who can access the account?
  • Can someone even get into the laptop, the computer, the phone?

Our Turn

I am the person in charge of paying the bills at home. So I started cataloging accounts, passwords, and details about payments processes. I created a living document that evolves and needs real-time upkeeping.

My husband and I both have a list called “in the event of my death,” which describes the steps, in sequential order, to handle everything in case one of us dies. For example: “People to personally contact before posting the news on social media” or “How to handle social media accounts,” and “What to post to professional networks.”

This file is protected and backed up, and my husband knows where to find it and how to open it. But there’s more to ensure that the backup executors know about this file and how to access it.

Where To Start?

An excellent place to start gathering a list of items you should be tracking is GYST. GYST or “Get Your S___ Together,” is a great website to help you think about organizing all aspects of planning for death, not just digital details.

Digital Beyond has a robust list of online companies in the market for managing post-death information. Many of these companies can help you store the information that you are gathering. Digital Beyond also maintains a list of states that have enacted laws related to digital estate management. They also offer sample legal language for you to include in your Power of Attorney or Wills to address control issues.

Your Afterlife Plan Needs Maintenance

This process isn’t something you do once and leave aside. It requires essential upkeep:

  • Update the passwords if you’ve changed them (This is assuming you’re not using a password management system that records changes automatically)
  • Add new accounts as you open them and delete those you close
  • Make sure that the people who need to know where this information is, know how to access it

A Conversation That Should Not Wait

The online presence after death isn’t just a topic for addressing with aging parents; this is something that impacts everyone at some point or another. Therefore, it is rather urgent to have plans of this nature if these don’t exist.

Please do not wait until it is too late and do not delay this conversation, as unpleasant as it can be. It is in your best interest (and the interest of yours), to make these plans thoroughly and on time.

7 Big Decluttering Tips

7 Big Decluttering Tips

7 Big Decluttering Tips

Here are some fantastic decluttering tips from Joshua Becker, host of Uncluttered, and founder of Becoming Minimalist.

  1. Identify the purpose of a room and get rid of anything that doesn’t serve that purpose. If this sounds a bit stoic, hang in here with me for a second. Think about it. Your bathroom doesn’t need a Peloton. Your kitchen doesn’t need a video game station. Find purpose and balance for every space, or everything will remain confused and out of balance.
  2. Distinguish between decluttering and tidying up. Simply put, these things are not the same. It’s like the difference between rearranging the furniture and renovating a space. Decluttering makes tidying up a thousand times easier.
  3. Simplify walls. It’s easy to point at the messy surfaces, cluttered closets, and dramatically stuffed junk drawers, but one of the quickest ways to create more “breathing room” in a space is to declutter the walls. What’s hanging in your way?
  4. Start with the easier spaces and move on to harder ones. Overwhelm is a true mind-killer. Some people say “eat the frog” and tackle the most excruciating task first. While this may work for some, I find it’s better to get some quick wins, create momentum, and work your way up to the bigger tasks.
  5. Choose one of three options for every object: remove it, relocate it, leave it. Success and speed go hand-in-hand. When it comes to evaluating possessions, it’s time to be decisive and categorize each object and then move on. Rinse and repeat.
  6. Count the “clutter cost.” Think about your money, your energy, and the days and hours of your life spent addressing clutter. And the time clutter takes away from what matters most. From this standpoint, who among us can truly “afford” to live a cluttered existence?
  7. Focus on the gains, not the subtractions. Minimizing isn’t just about getting rid of clutter. It’s about adding freedom and control back into your life. Celebrate your wins in the form of new freedom, not in the number of items you eliminate (although it can be pretty cool to keep count!)

Find clarity and enjoy your life. The more energy you put in removing the excess, the easier it will be to find and develop habits to better manage the things you keep.

If you need help organizing your home, don’t hesitate to contact My Space Reclaimed, LLC. We can provide that much-needed help.

My Best Client Sessions Are In The Bathroom

My Best Client Sessions Are In The Bathroom

One way or another I tend to end up having my best client sessions in the bathroom.  It is interesting (and sometimes hysterical) how consistently and naturally this happens! Let me explain.

There is a lot to be explored about how people use their space and how they move around. As an Organizer, it is important for me to retrace the clients’ steps throughout their space and understand their routines to see areas of opportunities to improve their systems and their lives. Only by retracing my clients’ steps and moving in their spaces the way they do or having them show me how that happens, can I best notice their roadblocks to efficiency or where their systems fail. This is how amazing solutions come to life.

When clients understand the importance of this, they get on board. Sometimes they get so excited, they take me by the hand and want to show me how they do virtually everything around the house. So, even though this happens all over the house, the fact is that most of the time we end up in the bathroom!  

And We End Up In The Bathroom

One example of a bathroom meeting is about the shower caddy. I personally have always been against typical shower caddies that we hang on showerheads. With those, you would have the water streaming in your face while you reach out for your products. Do you shower facing the shower or with your back to the water stream?

It seems this is a debate comparable to which is the correct way to install the toilet paper roll. If you don’t like the traditional shower caddy, for example, you will need a different solution. Maybe the corner tension pole with baskets is for you. But wait! What if you have high or vaulted ceilings or crown moldings in the bathroom ceiling? There might be unforeseen challenges, but I will always find a solution! It is important that we walk the walk together. 

As an Organizer, the right way will be the way that my clients prefer. But whatever that way might be, being aware of how they move around and use their space allows me to see where I can improve their systems or suggest alternatives to make life easier. 

This Truly Happened

Oh… but timing and context can make this really interesting! I can’t help but recount one of these bathroom adventures. 

A man called me once to help him develop systems, especially in relation to his clothes, bathroom, and laundry routines. This was a very interesting multi-level, high profile, bachelor’s apartment. Because he needed systems in those areas, it was important to explore his routine and habits regarding his clothes. We started the tour of the place and eventually made our way to the third story, where his major area of concern was; the closet/bathroom area. Sure enough, as fate would have it, his girlfriend arrived in time just to hear me say: “Would you like to undress in the bedroom instead of here in the bathroom? Luckily, she knew her boyfriend had hired a Professional Organizer. She was absolutely gracious. Then we started talking about where she would undress! The system needed to work for both, after all.

I love my job! Although every case is different, it seems like we always end up discussing productivity and efficiency in the bathroom, though.

20 Easy DIY Home Projects to Spruce up Your Space

20 Easy DIY Home Projects to Spruce up Your Space

Is spending so much time inside making you go stir-crazy? Well, with life outside seemingly on hold, this may be the perfect opportunity to make a few easy home improvements to transform your house into a nicer and more refreshed place to spend your days. From adding a pop of color to your front door to cleaning out your closet, here are 20 DIY home projects you can tackle to spruce up your space while you’re hunkered down.

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Put Leftover Paint To Use

Many of us probably have an extra can or two of paint lying around. So why not use it to add some pizzazz and depth to your rooms with these DIY home projects.

1. Give your cabinets a makeover

Painting kitchen cabinets a fresh new color is a fantastic way to completely transform your kitchen. If you tend to be more adventurous when it comes to color, your cabinets are a great place to have some fun. If you already have a lot of color in the room or if the space doesn’t have much light, it’s best to go with white or neutral cabinets.

2. Make your mailbox the star of your front yard

Your mailbox is one of the first things people see when they pull into your driveway, so why not give your visitors a great first impression. Whether you live in a ranch-style house in Phoenix, AZ or you just bought a craftsman-style home in Portland, OR, you can instantly boost your curb appeal by adding a fresh, vivid coat of paint to your mailbox.

3. Add a pop of color to your front door

Changing out your front door can be expensive, so painting your exterior door is an easy way to give the front of your home a makeover and also save some money in the process. Painting the inside of your front door is also a fun way to add a bold pop of color and some character into your home.

4. Give new life to old furniture

If the paint is chipped or wear and tear has gotten the best of some of your older furniture, a quick paint job can give it a new life. Transform a dated (but functional) dresser, nightstand, or bookshelf with this fun DIY project for a fraction of the cost it takes to replace it.

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Clear The Clutter

Getting organized can feel like a major undertaking, which is probably why a lot of us tend to put it off, and then put it off again and again. But since you can’t go anywhere, you might as well spend a morning or afternoon tackling the clutter you typically ignore.

5. Maximize the utility of unused corners with shelving

Running out of storage space? It’s time to finally make use of the corners in your rooms. Installing floating shelves is one of many DIY home projects you can try to create more space. It’s a simple way to spruce up your wall decor while adding more storage to your home.

6. Clean closets

Chances are, you’ve opened up your closet and grabbed one of the same few items since spending most of your time indoors lately. Now’s the time to carefully clean out your closet and decide what you really need from those you haven’t touched in a few years. Start by taking every item out, setting aside the items you don’t need, and cleaning the inside of the closet. If you’re organizing a closet full of clothes, sort clothes into piles by season. Put clothes that you’re not currently using in the back of the closet, like that holiday sweater. Keep frequently used items in the front for easy access.

7. Organize photos

In the digital age, it’s likely that most of us have our photos stored online. But for those that still have hundreds of photos stored away in boxes, now’s the time to organize them. Start by grouping photos by date or event. Use leftover flashcards or cut-up pieces of printer paper as an easy way to separate groups of photos in boxes. If you already keep your photos organized, think about digitizing them. You can use Google’s PhotoScan app to scan old prints and upload them. Organize your photos online into albums to better keep track of them and finally find that picture of your puppy when someone asks.

8. Rearrange bookshelves

Bookshelves may not initially come to mind when organizing, but they can easily make a space feel brand new. Think about taking some of the books you’ve got hiding away in a back closet and swapping them with the current selection on your bookshelf. Wondering what to do with that collectible mug? Add it to your bookshelf for a fresh take on your decor. Best of all, it’s a free way to change up your space.

9. Tackle under-sink storage

The last place you probably think to organize is under your sink. From the bathroom to the kitchen, it’s likely filled with near-empty cleaners, dishwashing soap, or even makeup wipes. Set aside 10 minutes to toss out those old household supplies, instantly freeing up space to make way for all that hand-soap and disinfectant you just bought.

10. Organize your pantry

You may or may not have months’ worth of groceries in your kitchen right now. Before things get too cluttered, take this time to reorganize your pantry – move things around to maximize space, group like items together, and throw away expired items. You may want to break down the work into smaller parts to avoid being overwhelmed. For example, instead of cleaning out the entire pantry, just do one shelf or area at a time. It will be so refreshing to see the pantry all neat and tidy with everything in its place.

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Transform Your Space with Lighting

Nothing can change the look and feel of a room quite like choosing the right lighting. The perfect lighting can lift your spirits and make your home a more comfortable place to spend time.

11. Replace your lightbulbs

If you have a few extra light bulbs lying around, go from room to room and replace any that are burned out. You can also completely change the ambiance in your home simply by replacing any harsh white bulbs with calming yellow ones.

12. Switch up lamp shades

Lamps are commonly overlooked in the design of a home, but they add a lot of character and style to a room. So take a look at the shades on each of your lamps. If you have a similar size lamp in another room, swap the shades to give your space a new feel. You can also update a boring old lampshade with a few DIY home projects such as adding fun print or pattern, or a coat of paint.

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Tackle those forgotten about cleaning projects
Since you’re spending so much time inside, you’re probably noticing all of the overlooked cleaning projects around the house. If you tackle them now, you’ll be rewarded with a living space that feels brighter and refreshed.

13. Restore rugs and carpets

By now, you’ve probably noticed that your carpets and rugs might not be in the same state they were when you moved in or had them replaced. Maybe you don’t even remember the last time they were properly cleaned. Even if you can’t hire a professional to clean your carpets, you can likely rent a carpet cleaner from your local hardware store or carpet cleaning company.

14. Clean under your bed

When was the last time you looked, let alone cleaned under your bed? This is one of those DIY home projects that everyone needs to tackle. The space under your bed is a breeding ground for everything from dust to forgotten items. If you use the space under your bed for storage, like seasonal clothes or extra bedding, make sure you’ve stored those items in vacuum-sealed bags to prevent moisture and mold buildup. Bed skirts also collect dust so throw those in the wash while you’re busy vacuuming underneath.

15. Refresh tile grout

Refresh your entire bathroom by cleaning and brightening your tile grout. Cleaning grout requires two things: a grout brush or sponge and a suitable cleaner. While there are plenty of store-bought grout cleaners available, it is just as easy to do this with ingredients you already have on hand, such as vinegar and baking soda.

16. Pressure wash your home’s exterior

Get some fresh air and restore your home to its former beauty by pressure washing the exterior of your house and hardscape areas. You can even bring back to life patio furniture and cushions.

17. Deep clean the refrigerator

With the extra groceries you’ve probably bought lately, it’s time for a refrigerator clean. First things first, throw out any leftover takeout or expired items. When cleaning your refrigerator, use a surface-safe all-purpose cleaner for the exterior and warmer soapy water for the interior. Be sure to wipe down surfaces before putting your items back inside. Keeping similar items grouped together when refilling your fridge will make finding your favorite condiment or coffee creamer easier to find.

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Rethink Your Wall Design

Redoing your wall design is a fast way to transform the look of your living room, bedroom, or really any space in your house.

18. Rearrange or hang up a gallery wall

If you’ve always wanted to try to create the perfect gallery wall, this is the time to go for it. If you already have one, change it up to revive the space. Try pieces here and there: a new mix-up might surprise you and showcase your photos and art in an entirely new light.

19. Use empty frames

Go through the house, pull out any empty frames, and put them to good use. Dust off those old photographs and display them proudly or find some printable art online. Hang your frames throughout your home or place them on tables, dressers, and desks.

20. Put old fabric swatches to use

When we think of fabric, we usually think of curtains, linens, or pillows, but there are plenty of DIY home projects you can do to turn a basic piece of fabric into a statement piece of wall art. So dig up any fabric swatches that you have laying around the house and put them to use. You can wrap the fabric around a canvas, hang it in a frame, and much more, letting your creativity soar.

Originally published by Redfin

Your Dream Closet – Make It Happen!

Your Dream Closet – Make It Happen!

That Dream Closet

 

The closet is where you start many mornings. Having an efficient closet system is crucial to making your life easier, especially when you’re in a rush. Keeping your closet tidy, clean, and easy to browse through makes a difference in how you start your day.

This particular space should be your inspiration, not a morning drag.

So, let’s organize your closet and make it inviting. Respect your shoes and love your clothes. Give your closet contents the care and attention it deserves.

 

Out With The Clutter

 

A thorough purge is critical. Your closet should support the person you are at this point in your life. It should not be the dumping grounds of clothes that have not fit in 15 years or clothes past their expiration date.

The closet is not some storage space for all those things no one wants or knows where to place. It is impressive the things people keep in their bedroom closets, just because they have some space available. The space available is good! Be at peace with empty space rather than rush to stuff items that should not be in that space (and then complaint about lack of space in the closet). Learn what your closet should contain and let all other items find their proper place in the home.

First, go through the contents of your closet and remove from the space anything other than clothes, shoes, handbags, travel bags, accessories, and other things you wear. Leave in suitcases, though.

Once everything that does not belong in your closet is out of the space and reallocated, it is time to sort through what should go in the closet.

Discard clothes that don’t make you feel fabulous. Discard what looks old, dated, damaged beyond repair, or does not fit you. You will not wear these things, no matter how long you keep them. Besides, having a closet full of petite clothing or something you don’t like wearing does not support you. Rather than inspire you, these clothes will subconsciously remind you of all the stuff you can’t wear. That is not an ideal way to start the day.

You’ll be amazed at the space you get back if you take an objective look at your clothes and purge.

And from now on, stay on top of your closet management. When you realize that a clothing item is unflattering, unwanted, in bad shape, or no longer fit, remove it from your closet immediately. Practice keeping a basket or nice-looking bag in your closet to place these items at once.

 

Outfitting The Space

 

Lighting

Chandelier, track lights, light inside closets, and under-shelf illumination are some of the options that make a closet look magical. At a basic level, the closet space needs good lighting. The lighting system you choose must increase functionality but also enhance the ambiance. That ambiance is all in the lighting! Usually, a mix of yellow light and white light works best.

Body-Length Mirror

A body-length mirror is a must in every closet. It serves a practical purpose because you need to see the whole outfit on your body. But a long mirror also helps create that elegant atmosphere that we all admire in amazing closets. The location of this mirror will depend on the space available. It could be hung on a wall, behind the closet door, or free-standing against the wall. However, the larger, thicker frame, the more elegant your mirror will look.

Storage Solutions

Finding the proper storage solutions is always tricky, especially if you don’t have a walk-in closet.

A common mistake is to buy containers before doing the work with decluttering, sorting, organizing, and allocating spaces for your things. First, you need to assess what you’ll need to contain and where these things will live. To determine this, you need to remove what does not belong in the closet and re-evaluate the clothing. This is the only way to know, realistically, how many hangers your need, how much long hanging, short hanging, or double hanging space you’ll need, for example.

Consider the type of item you’ll hang versus what you’ll fold, the number of items in each category, and the area where each group should go. These elements determine the type of containers, sizes, and style.

Accessories will probably also end up in baskets or containers. So, where will those be? You want to get solutions that look like they belong in the closet, not like a random selection of last-minute solutions. You need to measure the spaces to decide on factors like pattern, materials, and color scheme.

In considering storage space available, it is common to neglect vertical space. However, some wall areas and behind doors are suitable areas where we can store many items. Just make sure that things placed behind doors don’t interfere with those doors opening freely.

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There must be space to express who you are. Make the closet your special place, an area where you are glad to be. Use framed pictures or knickknacks that remind you of notable people and moments in your life. Use these strategically and tastefully.

 

What You Need

 

Trashcan

A trashcan is a must in every closet (and in every home space, actually!). Get a trashcan that complements the space décor. To make things easier, consider a trashcan with no lid.

Hamper

Have one hamper per person sharing the closet. Make the hampers look good in the space. If closet space is limited, place hampers in the bedroom. However, hampers should preferably be where you change clothes. Note that hampers and laundry baskets are not the same and have different purposes. Your laundry process determines how the closet remains organized or not.

Seating

You probably need a place to sit to put on your shoes. This seat could be as simple as the tiniest ottoman or stool to the most oversized armchair (space and style permitting). Ensure that your seating option goes well with the room in style, size, and color.

Hangers

It is incredible the difference it makes to have all the hangers look the same.

We recommend space-saver hangers because they prevent clothes from falling off the hangers or losing their shape. In addition, they save at least one-third of the space in your closet (just by switching hangers!).

And if you get the appropriate clips to transform these hangers into a skirt or dressy short hangers, all hangers will look the same in the space.

Having the same hangers throughout prevents hangers from tangling and provides a more efficient experience in your closet.

Sports shorts will usually go in drawers, along with other sportswear, but dressy shorts and cargo shorts are better hung to avoid wrinkles and save space in your drawers.

Garment bags 

Replace your plastic garment bags with fabric ones. Plastic is detrimental to your clothes!

Drawer dividers

If you have drawers, you need drawer dividers. It is that simple. Dividers make a considerable difference in the maintenance of drawers and hold us accountable for the amount of stuff we keep in those drawers. Measure drawers before buying dividers because these come in different widths and lengths to fit every kind of drawer.

Baskets, bins, containers

Use the same type of basket throughout the closet. Measure the spaces where these will go to ensure the right fit. Use baskets to contain anything folded on shelves and small accessories. The use of baskets on shelves and niches will give your closet a uniform look.

 

Best Practices in Managing Your Closet

 

Hanging

Go for it if you can hang most of what you usually fold. It is easier to see all your clothing when everything is on hangers. And thus, you wear more of your clothes more often. It is also easier to put the laundry away by hanging than folding. But, of course, underwear, PJs, sportswear, swimsuits, and socks should go in drawers.

In hanging your clothes, classify them by type and then by color. For example, place all casual tops together, jackets and blazers together, skirts together, denim, slacks, and so on. You will efficiently select your outfits and enjoy how everything looks in hangers.

Place all your hangers in the same direction. Then, when hanging back those pieces, have the hanger facing the opposite direction. This system will let you know that you wore that item. In addition, the system allows you to notice what you do not regularly use, giving you a clue on what to discard. It also helps you rotate your wardrobe more often and get creative with mixing and matching your wardrobe pieces.

Pro Tip: Always place empty hangers in a single location to avoid having to fish them out when putting laundry away. Also, your closet will look better if you isolate empty hangers.

People seem surprised to learn they should remove plastic covers from their clothes when they bring them home from the cleaners. This is because the plastic used by cleaners is detrimental to the clothes’ fabric.

When you bring home clothes from the cleaners, also switch out the hangers. First, cleaner hangers always come facing left, which is the opposite direction of what most people desire (if right-handed). Second, cleaners use wire hangers, which lose their shape, get rusty, get tangled, and make the clothes lose their shape. Wire hangers are the least desirable kind of hangers. Besides, you want your hangers to match in your closet. And by the way, the cleaners would like their hangers back!

Folding

Whether you have drawers in your closet or these are in a dresser in the bedroom, some clothing categories are simply better suited to live in your drawers. These categories are loungewear, sleepwear, sportswear (including swimsuits), underwear, and socks.

Drawer dividers have a stellar role when dealing with these categories. They will keep the contents of your drawers organized and manageable.

Spend the necessary time to fold things appropriately, though. There are also options in terms of folding. You can go Konmari-style or roll each piece of clothing. Rolling is quick and avoids wrinkling of the clothes.

And whether you believe that the dryer “eats socks” or socks run away from you, your missing socks are probably not coming back. So, stop wasting space and effort keeping an assortment of unmatched socks. Socks are cheap and your time trying to match them is much more valuable than the cost of a replacement pack.

Also, consider donating all your mismatched socks to a shelter. Did you know that socks are among the items shelters need the most? And when the weather is cold, having socks on your feet is invaluable. Nobody would complain of mismatched socks at that point.

If seasonal clothes take up too much space, consider packing them away in air-tight bags to store underneath the bed or on a higher shelf. Since those bags get random shapes when the air is removed, consider placing them in bins that fit the area where you will store them. Bins stack neatly.

Travel bags and suitcases

Never put away your suitcases and bags without emptying them first. The amount of trash collected from our clients’ handbags and suitcases is astonishing. Things get easily lost this way. Emptying suitcases and bags after every trip makes it easier to pack for the next one. It is easier to start fresh than to grapple with all the junk and expired products that remain in the bags from your last trip.

 

Organizing Your Closet Stuff

 

Miscellaneous accessories

Organize accessories in soft baskets that go well with the closet décor. These baskets are ideal for collecting items in some closets’ built-in niches. If you do not have those in your closet, these baskets can live on shelves. They will still provide an easier way to group accessories by category and allow easy access by pulling out the needed basket.

Consider dedicating at least one of those baskets or bins to little items needed where you get dressed such as the lint roller, extra bras straps, collar stays, chaffing tape, heel tape, body and cloth tape, insoles, handbag replace items (like small hand sanitizer, breath mints, mini note pad…), and the like.

Handbags

Handbags stored in a drawer or a closet cubby or wilted on a shelf can quickly lose their shape or become ruined by creases or rubbing against each other. However, you have options to preserve your bags and make them look fabulous.

You can stuff your handbags with quilted shapers that preserve their shape, protecting your investment and giving the closet that coveted boutique look. In addition, it will be a more joyful experience to look at your bags while deciding which one you will take out for that day.

If you like that idea but do not feel the investment is for you, achieve the same result by inflating Ziplock bags to the appropriate size and stuffing your bags with them. Packing paper and bubble wrap do an excellent job as well.

You could also place your bags on special purse hangers or put your folded handbags in baskets or bins on your closet shelves. However, this last alternative is better for synthetic material bags.

Boots

There are many products in the market to preserve the shape of your boots. But the same company that makes the quilted stuffers for handbags also makes them for boots. These are called Innies.

But despite the number of products available for this purpose, rolled magazines and stuffing paper will do just fine.

When no shelving or cubby space is available to display your boots, hang them with special boot hangers.

Shoes

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Some closets already have unique shelving or cubbies for shoes. But if this is not your case, you can incorporate a shoe rack that makes selecting your shoes more accessible.

Sometimes, it makes sense to remove a closet rod and make space for a shoe wall. We know of an excellent company that specializes in walls of shoes! 😊

When space is an issue with the closet, a clever shoe solution is the over-the-door hanging shoe bag. This bag utilizes the door space to store your shoes. Please note this alternative works best when the shoe collection is small!

If your closet has shelves available, particularly the highest shelf, you might want to have stackable shoe boxes. These protect your shoes from dust, but let you see the contents. You might incorporate shoe boxes with lids or boxes with front lids that eliminate the need to remove boxes above, to get that fabulous pair you want to take for a stroll. The shoe box option makes the most use of the vertical space above your highest shelf.

Scarves 

Scarves can go on hangers in your closet, in front, or behind your tops section. Hanging your scarves prevents wrinkles and gives them greater visibility, so you might use them more often. Try using a hanger per piece.

There are specialty hangers for scarves that make a beautiful display.

You may choose to store your scarves in a drawer. If so, fold them neatly or roll them to avoid wrinkles. Then, place them in a shallow drawer, preferably. The dividers you use for the scarf drawer should be appropriate for the item size.

Belts & Ties

If you or your partner wear belts or ties, you need belt hangers and tie hangers. Belts bunched up on a wire hanger or ties sliding off improvised solutions don’t work.

Drawer space permitting, you could roll each one of these items and place them in a shallow drawer fitted with the most suitable dividers for the job. Rolled ties and belts in a drawer create a colorful, accessible display.

When the only option is a deeper drawer, get the smallest, stackable containers to make two or three layers in the drawer. Place each tie and each belt individually on containers.

Hats

There might be shelf space available in your closet to place your hats on display. If you own large hats, consider using hat boxes. These preserve your hats’ shape and protect them from dust.

When space is a concern, use available wall space to install hooks to hang your hats. This idea works great for caps as well.

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Would you prefer your jewelry in stackable trays in your closet or your dresser in the bedroom? Or would you rather have a utility board on the wall to enjoy an artsy display of jewelry?

If your closet is ample, you might have space to create a jewelry section. There are countless ideas to design this space so that you can enjoy your jewelry. Just check on Pinterest and be overwhelmed!

On the other hand, if your closet lacks the space to include jewelry, consider the use of stackable trays. Stackable trays are versatile, adaptable to your needs, and sit over your dresser or another flat area.

Before you decide on a jewelry system, though, make sure to edit your jewelry collection. All too often, jewelry is a forgotten category of items, and we tend to accumulate without ever purging.

After deciding what is still relevant for you, select the system that will hold the kind, size, and amount of jewelry pieces you keep. The critical factor is to have all your jewelry in one area, preferably using a single storage system.

 

Befriend Your Closet

 

Avoid a closet that laughs at you in the morning and yells, “Ha! good luck finding something nice to wear here.” Instead, every day your closet should invite you in. But it is up to you to make this happen.

Regardless of your closet size, keeping it in order is essential for your peace of mind. Getting ready in the morning sets the tone for your day.

Start your day with a beautiful and organized closet.

Not sure you can do this on your own? You don’t have to! Contact My Space Reclaimed, LLC to get professional organizing assistance.

 


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